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Mustache shaving, opposite mirrors, laughing child, crying child from the series One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-Two Faces

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Mustache shaving, opposite mirrors, laughing child, crying child from the series One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-Two Faces

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1883

IHL Cat. #554

About This Print

Source: Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan, Henry D. Smith II, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 60-61.
One of twenty-five prints created by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915), each showing four faces in caricature.  The first eight prints were issued in 1882  and published by Hara Taneaki under the series title Thirty-Two Faces, New Edition.  The series was so popular that it led to a second series in early 1883 titled One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-Two Faces (Sanjūni sō tsuika hyakumensō), some of which were published by Hara, the remainder by Morimoto Junzaburō.

"[T]he theme of "one hundred faces" (hyakumensō) came originally from a vaudeville act of the late Edo period in which a performer imitated emotional states and social types by rapidly changing facial expression with various props."  Kiyochika's prints were so popular that they "led to a staging of the series by the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjurō IX at the Shintomiza Theater on April 23, 1883..."

Inscriptions

Source: Kanji from website of Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften der Universität Wien http://kenkyuu.jpn.univie.ac.at/karikaturen/detail.asp?docid=959&lang=j&first=1; English translations by me and are not confirmed.

床屋に髭をそるため鼻をもちあげられて上唇を伸ばす男 The man whose upper lip is being stretched while having his mustache shaved at the barbershop
結いあげた髪の根元を鏡でみて不満そうな女 a woman looks in the mirror and is dissatisfied with her hair
手をたたいて嬉しそうに笑う幼児 a child claps his hands and laughs joyfully
涙をこぼしながら口をあけてなく男の子 a boy opens his mouth and spills tears


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #554
 Title or Description  Mustache shaving (higesori 髭すり); opposite mirrors (awasekagami 合せ鏡); laughing child (waratteiru ko 笑ってゐる児); crying child (naiteiru ko みんながあすばしてくれない) [English translation of kanji in upper right hand corner of each face is unconfirmed; kanji from Keio University Digital Gallery of Rare Books & Special Collections http://project.lib.keio.ac.jp/dg_kul/ukiyoe_artist_title.php?id=018]
 Series  One Hundred Faces: Supplement to Thirty-two Faces (Sanjūni sō tsuika hyakumensō 三十二追加百面相)
 Artist  Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
 Signature  Left top - Hōensha Kiyochika hitsu; Right top - Kiyochika hitsu; Right bottom - Kiyochika hitsu; Left bottom - Hōensha
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  March 1883
 Publisher  Morimoto Junzaburō 森本順三郎
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition good - minor soiling, slightly trimmed; two small tears in upper right and lower right corners repaired from back; not backed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; fūshiga, giga
 Miscellaneous
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper
 14 x 9 5/8 in. (35.6 x 24.4 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
Keio University Digital Gallery of Rare Books & Special Collections Ukiyo-e CollectionSmithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery S2003.8.1375.11
last update:
7/9/2019

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